Vivienne Westwood recently used her own fashion show to stage a protest against fracking and austerity measures. While many fashion designers have used their work to express their political views, few have used a runway show as an outlet for voicing their concerns. Westwood's recent protest demonstrates that designers are finding more creative ways to express their beliefs.
The political protest occurred during London Fashion Week. Rather than sending out models clothed in high-end garments, Westwood began the show with a march down the street. The designer led a team of models who carried signs that read "Austerity is a crime!" and "Climate revolution!" Each of the models was clad in Westwood's designs, further emphasizing her commitment to using fashion to spur social change.
While using a fashion show to stage a protest may seem unusual, the stunt demonstrates how industry leaders are standing up for causes they believe in.